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How Anthony Lynn molded a team — and a case for Coach of the Year

7:30 AM ET Anthony Lynn’s Coach of the Year candidacy is enjoying a strong couple of weeks. Within the span of 11 days, his Los Angeles Chargers came back from 16 points down to beat the first-place Steelers in Pittsburgh and from 14 points down to beat the first-place Chiefs in Kansas City. They’re 11-3 and locked into a playoff spot with a chance to earn the AFC’s top seed if the next two weeks go well. Who could go worst to first like the Bears? What about first to worst? Barnwell picks next season’s breakout and regression candidates. How …

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Warped Tour Hitting Three Cities for 25th Anniversary Run

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/warped-tour-aug-5-2018-billboard-1548.jpg If you missed out on the final edition of the Vans Warped Tour last summer, founder Kevin Lyman had some good news for you on Monday (Dec. 17). Though the beloved punk tour folded up its tents after a 24-summer run, Lyman brought some warm-weather joy to Warpers with the news that he’ll be getting the bands back together again next summer for a limited three-city run. “Plans are coming together for @VansWarpedTour 25th only thing I can say for now since many need to hold vacation dates are June 8 Cleveland, June 29-30 eastcoast, July 20-21 westcoast,” he wrote. Plans are coming …

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Week 16 Power Rankings: Biggest breakthroughs for every team

7:00 AM ET No player had a bigger breakout this season than Patrick Mahomes. The quarterback took over the starting job in K.C. and exceeded all expectations, already throwing for more than 4,500 yards and 45 touchdowns. There’s only one Mahomes, but every team has a player, position group or coach who reached a whole new level this season. Our NFL Nation reporters have the NFL’s biggest breakthroughs. How we rank: Our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluated how teams stack up through 15 weeks of the season. Previous rankings: …

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The Price Is Right: Touring Sector Sees Growth by Finding What Fans Are Willing to Pay

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/beyonce-jay-z-june-2018-otrii-sh-billboard-1548.jpg The year’s top 10 tours are up 25 percent year-over-year, with nearly all of them breaking the $100 million mark. The biggest mistake that StubHub made in recent memory was putting out a year-end list in 2015 saying Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour was its No. 1 seller. “When I saw that, I thought, ‘They’re basically bragging about how much money they made off of us,'” says Louis Messina, Swift’s longtime promoter and one of AEG’s biggest earners. That claim by StubHub and other secondary sellers, detailing how quickly they were able to buy up — and mark up — tickets for Swift’s …

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'America's Got Talent' Star Courtney Hadwin Signs With Syco Music and Arista Records

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/Courtney-Hadwin-AGT-2018-billboard-1548.jpg Syco Music and Arista Records announced on Monday that they signed a recording and publishing deal with Courtney Hadwin. Hadwin, 14, was a finalist on this series of America’s Got Talent who earned the Golden Buzzer for her rendition of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” during her audition.  “It feels amazing to be joining Syco and I am super excited and feel so lucky,” said Hawdin in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to work on original songs and to be able to do that with the support of Syco while staying true to myself and the music I like is a dream come true. I can’t thank …

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Scoreboard roundup — 12/17/18

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONMilwaukee 107, Detroit 104Phoenix 128, NY Knicks 110Oklahoma City 121, Chicago 96Minnesota 132, Sacramento 105Houston 102, Utah 97San Antonio 123, Philadelphia 96Portland 131, L.A. Clippers 127Golden State 110, Memphis 93 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 1, Vegas 0Anaheim 4, Pittsburgh 2Boston 4, Montreal 0OT Ottawa 4, Nashville 3NY Islanders 4, Colorado 1 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUENew Orleans 12, Carolina 9 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(11) Florida St. 85, SE Missouri 68Vanderbilt 81, (18) Arizona St. 65 Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Pogba quickly deletes reaction to Mourinho's sacking

6:03 AM ET It’s fair to say Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have never quite seen eye-to-eye, so Manchester United’s decision to sack their manager probably went down well in his household. It didn’t take long for Pogba to take to social media, posting a picture with a mischievous look on his face on Instagram and Twitter, complete with the message “Caption this!” He also tagged the official United account and hashtags. Pogba’s latest Instagram post! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/crGQdZFjS7 — Josh Wright (@_WrightJosh) December 18, 2018 Pogba hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Dec. …

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Tori Kelly Talks Her Gospel Album & Feeling a 'Special Connection' Backstage at the Ryman: Exclusive

https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/promo_225/public/media/tori-kelly-grammys-2017-uu-billboard-1548.jpg Tori Kelly recently performed at the Ryman Auditorium in the midst of her North American tour supporting her gospel album, Hiding Place. In a behind-the-scenes video from the venue, the songstress discussed her love of Nashville, Tennessee, her album and more. “Last time I sang at the Ryman was actually with Little Big Town,” she recalled. “That was a big honor, and even then it was so special to me at just this church with so much history attached to it.” “It sounded beautiful and it was amazing but I think coming back with a gospel album, it feels even more special because we’re in a …

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Libya NOC declares force majeure on El Sharara oilfield, El Feel stays open

Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) has declared force majeure on operations at the country’s largest oilfield, El Sharara, a week after the firm announced a contractual waiver on exports from the field following its seizure by militants.

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Iran hopes to agree with Russia and Turkey on Syrian constitution forum

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he hoped to reach an agreement on Tuesday with Russia and Turkey on the composition of a new Constitutional Committee in Syria.

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British government steps up ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations

Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers will on Tuesday step up preparations for a “no deal” Brexit, an outcome made more likely by a deadlock in parliament over the British leader’s divorce deal with the European Union.

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Migrant family who fled tear gas at U.S. border seeks asylum

Members of a group of Honduran migrants, which included a mother who had been photographed running with her daughters from tear gas several weeks ago, began seeking asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday, according to a Reuters witness and lawyers for the group.

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El Salvador court frees woman jailed under anti-abortion law

A Salvadoran woman accused of the attempted murder of her newborn baby under the country’s strict abortion laws after she was raped by her stepfather was freed by a court on Monday after more than 18 months in jail.

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British Airways to resume Pakistan flights after a decade

British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian nation.

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Vietnam arrests former CEO of state oil firm: state media

Vietnam has arrested a former senior executive of a state-owned oil company for “abusing power to appropriate property”, state media reported on Tuesday.

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